manta: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (man'tu Sp. män'tä), [key]
— pl. -tas
  1. (in Spain and Spanish America) a cloak or wrap.
  2. the type of blanket or cloth used on a horse or mule.
  3. a movable shelter formerly used to protect besiegers, as when attacking a fortress.
  4. Also calledany of several tropical rays of the small family Mobulidae, esp. of the genus Manta, measuring from 2 to 24 ft. (0.6 to 7.3 m) across, including the pectoral fins. See illus. in preceding column.


Pronunciation: (män'tä, -tu), [key]
— n.
  1. a seaport in W Ecuador, on Manta Bay. 64,569.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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